Monthly Archives: October 2014

Ivor Wilks Obituary

The Program of African Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois today announced the sad news that Professor Emeritus Ivor Wilks (African history) died at his home in Wales on October 7, 2014. In 1984, Wilks was appointed Melville J. Herskovits Professor of African Studies by Northwestern, a position he held until his retirement in 1993. From 1961 […]


Interview with researcher who discovered Ebola

Several gripping stories are told in this recent interview with Professor Peter Piot, now Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to Der Spiegel‘s Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch (reprinted by The Guardian). In 1976, he “was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun […]


Ethnography can help in West Africa’s Ebola virus epidemic

Ebola in Perspective by Daniel Hoffman and Mary Moran Sharon Abramowitz’s article on the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa has received much attention in the media and elsewhere: 10 Things that Anthropologists Can Do to Fight the West African Ebola Epidemic. Professor Abramowitz recently participated in a panel on Ebola held at Georgetown University and featured […]